By Peter S. Koo, ContributorA common criticism of news coverage is that the stories we consume are usually just one-sided.
But according to a new paper, people in different parts of the world have different stories.
Researchers at the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University looked at news coverage in more than 200 countries and found that stories from different parts were not simply different but actually had very different kinds of people in them.
For example, the story from a southern Asian country with the highest rate of news consumption was one with more stories about “women” and “men.”
The story in a western country with a lower rate of media consumption was more about “men” and more about violence.
The researchers suggest this could be because news consumption tends to reflect societal expectations, but also because people in some regions may prefer stories that are more focused on social issues.
The paper, “The Different Stories in Different Media, Socioeconomic Status, and News Consumption,” is available in the journal Media, Society and Culture.